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Sketches of the Book’s Main Characters

Posted in Book Art with tags , , , on February 7, 2011 by Dawn Ross

Those of you who have read the manuscript may be interested in how I pictured the characters.  Lord Kildas is my favorite character as far as his looks go.  He is well-built, regal, and handsome.  Oh, and he is a good guy too.  Lord Kildas’ head is a little too big in this sketch but other than that, I think he looks great.  Lord Kildas is from the Raven clan.  The sketches at the top left are meant to be the symbolism for the Raven clan.

The next sketch is of King Haban.  I wanted him to look sinister so I gave him a narrow chin, but I think it is just a bit too narrow.  This won’t be too difficult to fix.

You probably already saw the sketch of Tomis Dukar in the previous post, but here he is again.  This is the second version of Tomis I drew after the first one didn’t work out at all.  See a color version of the first one next (at the very end of this post).

Tomis looks too much like a gilr in this finished color version of the book cover.  His hair is too long and he looks mean.  Tomis is the main character and a good guy.  He has had a difficult childhood, hense the angry look, but after seeing this finished version, I don’t think I want him to look angry on the book cover.

Dragons on the Book Cover

Posted in Book Art with tags on February 5, 2011 by Dawn Ross

Here are more sketches of some dragons I am drawing for the book cover.  There is a color version too.  The top three are sketches and mostly just trying to get an idea of how I want the dragons to stand.  The bottom one is the beginning design for the two dragons on the back of the book cover.

Working on Designing the Book Cover

Posted in Book Art with tags on February 3, 2011 by Dawn Ross

As an artist, I primarily draw animals and landscape.  Branching out into fantasy was difficult.  It’s not just the dragons, but the people as well.  Check out some of the early sketches.  The first one is of the main character, Tomis.  Tomis was really difficult to draw as I could not find the right child to draw from.  Drawing a child was more difficult than drawing an adult becuse most portrait drawings focus on the dimentions of adult faces.  A child’s face has a different structure which changes as the child gets older.  I went through many a portrait book and life drawing book to try to find the proper dimentions to apply to a 10 year old boy.  As you can see from my notes beside the sketch, I still haven’t gotten it right.  His forehead is too tall.  His nose is too long.  His upper lip is too short.  And his eyes are too far apart.

The next sketch is of one of the primary heroes of the story, Reyker.  This is just an outline sketch.  No shading has been done.  It is sort of right, but still off.  I am not quite sure what is off about it.  This needs more study and more sketches

The next sketch is of the castle.  This was almost as difficult as the people as I am not very good at architecture.  I studied a lot of ancient and modern architecture but this came out very badly.

Here are two of the dragons for the back of the book cover.  Tomis is The Third Dragon, so I wanted two other dragons represented.  This is just a basic sketch.  While I can draw animals pretty well, I am not so good at animals with reptilic skin.  I think the forms of the dragons are okay for just a beginning sketch, but I need to work on their scales.